Sunday, April 12, 2020

Caregiving, Hospice & Grief, April 5 - April 11, 2020

Best selections from Grief Healing's Twitter stream this week:

As a culture, we’ve never been great at handling grief . . . And now that families no longer have the opportunity to say goodbye to their loved ones, have to wait for hospitals to release the remains, and postpone any in-person gatherings for the foreseeable future, it has left many in a suspended state of grief. Processing Grief During a Pandemic, When Nothing Is Normal « Yahoo!

Two ways to get the grief support you need. Even from a distance. Grief is Everywhere. But Support Groups and Hugs Have Vanished « Thrive Global

Deaths during the age of coronavirus . . . often mean loved ones are dying without their families by their side, either due to hospital or nursing home restrictions on visitors or social distancing measures.  6 ways to help loved ones grieving deaths during the coronavirus pandemic « Mashable

Virtual support groups where young adults aged 18-30 can be heard and feel supported. Connect in a whole new way with others who understand grief.  Virtual Support Groups for Young Adults, aged 18-30 «

ADEC in Conversation: video interview with Dr. Katherine Shear: COVID-19 and Complicated Grief « Association for Death Education and Counseling

Stand with those suffering bereavement of loved ones & to remember all the lives lost during this COVID pandemic. Shine your phone light, torch or a candle for 1 minute from your door or window. Join us every Sunday 8pm  to #ShineALight « Body and Soul Charity

Family friends have lost loved ones in the past few weeks and they are not able to assemble all of their lifelong friends and family together to share stories and hug each other tightly. I’m sorry that piece of their grieving has been taken from them. I pray they find the beauty in the tools and technology that we are blessed with. After death and grief, searching for beauty « The Buffalo News

Planning a funeral in the pandemic is possible, but requires compassion and creativity. Experts offer alternatives for services and connecting with others. Funeral Planning in the Time of COVID-19 «

Hospice providers nationwide are reassessing how they provide bereavement care due to the need for social distancing during the ongoing pandemic. With few other options, many are turning to telehealth systems to support grieving families. Hospices Redesign Bereavement Care Due to Social Distancing « Hospice News

[As a hospice] nurse, I have spent most of my life talking about death, and now more than ever I want to explain the normal way the body dies. This is a time of great fear in our country, and the world, and a huge portion of the fear revolves around dying--probably the thing we fear the most (certainly that Americans fear the most). Knowledge reduces fear, so here is Dying 101 « Pulse

"Complicated Grief," "Prolonged Grief Disorder" and now "Persistent Complex Bereavement Disorder." In reading about all of these "disorders" with an open mind, I clearly am suffering from all three. And suffering is the appropriate word. Complicated Grief: "Maybe I Am Nuts" « Grief Healing

We are anxious and fearful because we don’t know how the coronavirus will affect us or change our world. We know that the normal pattern of our lives has been disrupted, but we don’t know for how long. We feel unprepared to deal with the pandemic. We’re tired and scared and angry. Living in a Time of Anxiety « Widower's Grief

Loneliness is an every day thing, and not just in the age of ‘social distancing.' Here are some ways to care for your physical and mental wellbeing. 7 Tips for Reducing Feelings of Isolation « Modern Loss

Here is a free children's e-book to help adults talk to children about the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). As we all process the global pandemic in real time, parents may find themselves struggling to provide comfort and answer their children’s questions. Written by epidemiologist Malia Jones, the book helps parents explain the pandemic to kids. "A Kids Book About #COVID-19" « Seven Ponds Blog

Grief expert David Kessler takes us by the hand and walks us into what he’s learned about love, loss, and finding meaning. As someone who has a lot of fear about grief and grieving, this conversation is not what I expected. The only word I can use to describe what I learned from David is “beautiful.”  David Kessler and Brené on Grief and Finding Meaning « Brené Brown

I see families devastated by not being able to be with their loved one as they are dying. I am writing this for any person who is faced with a loved one dying alone in a hospital, nursing home, or some other place away from you. My hope is that some understanding hence comfort can be found among these words. This guidance can also be used by healthcare workers when they face the difficult job of telling families they can’t be present. These ideas can’t fix this horrific situation but they can bring a bit of understanding and “something to do” to an otherwise bleak message. Taking Some of the Fear Out of Dying Alone « BK Books

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